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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Concierto Madrigal, a suite of movements with the common link of the Renaissance madrigal O felici ocche, is one of the composer’s finest compositions, with a real piquancy. It has been recorded several times of course, and this performance is a good, warmly relaxed one, though other versions, such as the Yepes on DG, are livelier, with more character and flair. The Concierto para una fiesta has a slow movement not unlike that of the Concierto de Aranjuez, if not so inspired. The outer movements are predictably tuneful and undemanding. The orchestra playing and the recordings are both up to standard.



Peter Wells
MusicWeb International, July 2003

"There is much in this piece that is attractive and certainly worth hearing...this is an interesting late composition from one of the twentieth centuries more conservative but still underrated and individual masters...a masterpiece in every respect...Rodrigo had a knack for finding just the right early music to resonate with his more romantic treatments. The Concierto Madrigal achieves this resonance with sparkle and flair and the presence of two guitars sets up some deliciously plangent textures both within the pairing and between the guitars and the orchestra. It is all great fun and very beautiful...The soloist, Ricardo Gallen, is young and technically brilliant... At the budget price of Naxos discs this sort of attractive repertoire, in technically assured, musical and well-recorded performances such as this, can only be recommendable. It is a very enjoyable and atmospheric disc."



John Duarte
Gramophone, July 2003

"A superbly entertaining Rodrigo cycle continues in fine, vital style...Gallén's performance certainly does it justice...this is a recording that can hold its own with any of the others - finely played with good sound on the part of all concerned, excellently balanced and faithfully recorded...The performances of all these 'fillers' are exemplary but it is the two large works that make this recording indispensable to Rodrigo lovers, who are being well served by this series."






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